List of the Top Colleges & Universities in Belgium
1Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
KU Leuven is a research university in the Dutch-speaking city of Leuven in Flanders, Belgium. It conducts teaching, research, and services in the natural sciences, engineering, humanities, medicine, law, business, and social sciences.
2Université de Liège
The University of Liège (French: Université de Liège), or ULiège, is a major public university of the French Community of Belgium based in Liège, Wallonia, Belgium. Its official language is French. As of 2020, ULiège is ranked in the 301–350 category worldwide according to Times Higher Education, 451st by QS World University Rankings, and between the 201st and 300th place by the Academic Ranking of World Universities. More than 2000 people, academics, scientists and technicians, are involved in research of a wide variety of subjects from basic research to applied research.
3Université Catholique de Louvain
The Université catholique de Louvain is Belgium’s largest French-speaking university. It is located in Louvain-la-Neuve, which was expressly built to house the university, and Brussels, Charleroi, Mons, Tournai and Namur.
Universiteit Gent is a public research university located in Ghent, Belgium. It was established in 1817 by King William I of the Netherlands. After the Belgian revolution of 1830, the newly formed Belgian state began to administer the university. In 1930, the university became the first Dutch-speaking university in Belgium, whereas French had previously been the standard academic language in what was Université de Gand. In 1991, it was granted major autonomy and changed its name accordingly from State University of Ghent to its current designation.
The University of Antwerp (Dutch: Universiteit Antwerpen) is a major Belgian university located in the city of Antwerp. The official abbreviation is UA, but UAntwerpen is more recently used. The University of Antwerp has about 20,000 students, which makes it the third-largest university in Flanders. The University of Antwerp is characterized by its high standards in education, internationally competitive research, and entrepreneurial approach. It was founded in 2003 after the merger of three smaller universities.
6Vrije Universiteit Brussel
The Vrije Universiteit Brussel is a Dutch- and English-speaking research university located in Brussels, Belgium. It has four campuses: Brussels Humanities, Science and Engineering Campus, Brussels Health Campus, Brussels Technology Campus and Brussels Photonics Campus.
7Université Libre de Bruxelles
The Université libre de Bruxelles, abbreviated ULB, is a French-speaking private research university in Brussels, Belgium. ULB is one of two institutions that trace their origins to the Free University of Brussels, founded in 1834 by Belgian lawyer Pierre-Théodore Verhaegen.
8Université de Namur
The University of Namur (Université de Namur) is a Jesuit, Catholic private university in the French Community of Belgium. Both teaching and research are carried out in six Faculties or university-level schools in the fields of Philosophy and Lettres, Law, Economic, Social, and Management Sciences, Computer Sciences, Sciences, Medicine.
Hasselt University (Dutch: Universiteit Hasselt) is a public research university with campuses in Hasselt and Diepenbeek, Belgium. It was officially established in 1971, as the Limburgs Universitair Centrum. In 2005, the university changed its name to Hasselt University.
University Colleges Leuven-Limburg (UC Leuven-Limburg of UCLL) is een Vlaamse katholieke hogeschool, lid van de Associatie KU Leuven. De instelling organiseert hoger onderwijs op 10 campussen, verspreid over vijf steden of gemeenten, Leuven, Diest, Hasselt, Diepenbeek en Genk.
11Instituut voor Tropische Geneeskunde
The Institute of Tropical Medicine, officially known as Prince Leopold Institute of Tropical Medicine, is one of the world’s leading institutes for training and research in tropical medicine and the organization of health care in developing countries.
University College Ghent (Hogeschool Gent) is the largest university college in Flanders, with three faculties, one School of Arts and 13,000 students. Its establishment in 1995 is the outcome of two successful mergers that involved sixteen Belgian institutions of higher education. Many had been influential leaders in higher education for several decades. The current faculties are spread over the city center of Ghent and Aalst.
13AP Hogeschool Antwerpen
AP or in full Artesis Plantijn University College Antwerp, founded in 1995, is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the urban setting of the city of Antwerp and created as a merger between Artesis Hogeschool Antwerpen and Plantijn Hogeschool.
14Haute École Léonard de Vinci
Haute École Léonard de Vinci is a Catholic institution of higher education of the French Community of Belgium, based on 3 campuses.
The College of Europe is a postgraduate institute of European studies with its main campus in Bruges, Belgium, and a smaller campus in Warsaw, Poland.
16Université de Mons
The University of Mons (French: Université de Mons) is a Belgian university located in the city of Mons, founded in 2009 by merging the Engineering Faculty of Mons (FPMs) and the University of Mons-Hainaut. The merging of the institutions was achieved following a geographical logic because of the high complementarity between them and their location in the same city.
17Karel de Grote-Hogeschool
The Karel de Grote University (Karel de Grote-Hogeschool) of applied sciences and arts is a Roman Catholic college in Antwerp, Belgium, with about 12,000 students and about 1,200 employees.
18Vlerick Business School
Vlerick Business School is a private Belgian business school with campuses in Ghent, Leuven and Brussels. It is a result of a merger of the MBA programs of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and of the Instituut Professor Vlerick voor Management of Ghent University, in 1999.
Hogeschool PXL is a university of applied sciences in Belgian Limburg, divided into nine departments, with various campuses spread over the municipalities of Hasselt, Genk and Diepenbeek. It is an independent university of applied sciences with a public and active pluralistic character, each educational network is represented in the Supervisory Board. The university of applied sciences, together with Hasselt University, are part of the Limburg University College Association and has a strategic partnership with the KU Leuven Association.
20Thomas More Hogeschool
Thomas More Hogeschool is the largest university of applied sciences in Flanders, offering more than 30 Dutch-taught and a range of English-taught bachelor degree programs & postgraduates in the province of Antwerp. Next to that, Thomas More offers exchange programs in English, for students from partner universities.
The Erasmushogeschool Brussel (English name: Erasmus University College Brussels) is an institute of higher education based in Brussels, Belgium. The Flemish Higher Education Decree of 13 July 1994 ushered in a large-scale merger operation and reorganization of the educational system. More than 160 institutions were reduced to 22 colleges. Erasmus University College Brussels came into being in 1995 from a merger of some ten colleges in and around Brussels.
22Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles
Saint-Louis University, Brussels or UCLouvain Saint-Louis Brussels is a public university in Brussels, belonging to the French Community of Belgium and specialized in social and human sciences. Prior to 2012, it was known as the Facultés Universitaires Saint-Louis.
Howest, de Hogeschool West-Vlaanderen, abbreviated as HOWEST, is a university of applied sciences in West-Flanders, a province of Belgium with five campuses situated in Bruges and Kortrijk.
24Odisee University College
Odisee University College or Hogeschool Universiteit Brussel (HUB) – higher education institution in Belgium. HUB was founded in 1925. The home of the main campus of HUB is Belgium’s capital – Brussels. Odisee University College is one of the top educational institutions in Belgium that never leaves the country’s top 5 places to study.
25École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Visuels de La Cambre
L’École nationale supérieure des arts visuels de La Cambre, more known as La Cambre, is a renowned visual arts school founded by Henry van de Velde in Brussels in 1926.
26Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles
Starting its activities in 1813, the Royal Conservatory of Brussels received its official name in 1832.
27Katholieke Hogeschool Vives Noord (STUVO-Vives)
Katholieke Hogeschool Brugge Oostende was a college for higher education in Belgium that was founded in the 1990s. It was the result of a merger between two colleges from Ostend and three colleges from Bruges. In 2013, KHBO merged with KATHO into Hogeschool VIVES.
28Antwerp Management School
The Antwerp Management School is the University of Antwerp’s autonomous business school. It is located in the historical center of the city of Antwerp. The school offers eight full-time master programs and more than sixty short or long-term executive programs on a variety of subjects.
29LUCA School of Arts
KU Leuven Faculty of Architecture is a Belgian school of architecture established in 1862 with campuses in Brussels and Ghent.
30Haute École de Namur-Liège-Luxembourg
The Haute École de Namur-Liège-Luxembourg (Hénallux) is a higher school in Belgium , located in various Walloon towns . She was born on September 15 , 2011of the merger between the Haute École de Namur and the Haute École Blaise Pascal. Currently, with eleven establishments in the provinces of Namur, Liège and Luxembourg, the school has more than 6,500 students, which ranks it in the sixth position among the Hautes Écoles in the French Community 3.
31Haute École Provinciale de Hainaut-Condorcet
Established in 2009, Haute École Provinciale de Hainaut-Condorcet (Provincial University College of Hainaut-Condorcet) is a non-profit public higher-education institution located in the small city of Mons, Hainaut. This institution also has branch campuses in the following locations: Ath, Charleroi, Mouscron, Tournai, Morlanwelz.
32Institut Catholique des Hautes Études Commerciales
The ICHEC Brussels Management School or officially the Institut catholique des Hautes Études commerciales is a Catholic college in Brussels, serving as the economics department of the Haute école “Groupe ICHEC – ISC Saint-Louis – ISFSC”, a Catholic vocational university of the French Community of Belgium.
33Haute École Libre Mosane
Haute Ecole Libre Mosane (HELMo) – public higher education institution in Belgium. The studies at Haute Ecole Libre Mosane began in 2008. The university has an urban campus in Liege. Haute Ecole Libre Mosane ranks high in the ratings of Belgium.
34Artevelde University of Applied Sciences campus Hoogpoort
De Artevelde University of Applied Sciences is a Catholic University of Applied Sciences in the city of Ghent, Belgium. The Artevelde University of Applied sciences offers a diverse range of bachelor-programs, bachelor-after-bachelor-programs, postgraduate-programs and schoolings.
35Haute École Bruxelles-Brabant
The Haute École Bruxelles-Brabant (HE2B) is a Belgian high school belonging to the network of the French Community of Belgium, resulting from the merger of the Haute École de Bruxelles and the Haute École Paul-Henri Spaak, at the start of the academic year 2016- 2017.
36Haute École EPHEC
L’école pratique des hautes études commerciales (EPHEC) is a university college in Belgium. The school has three campuses, Woluwe-Saint-Lambert, Louvain-la-Neuve and Schaerbeek, with the majority of courses taught in French and a few taught in English.
Vesalius College, also known commonly as VeCo, is a college situated in the heart of Brussels, Belgium. The college is operated in association with the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. It is named after Andreas Vesalius, one of the first and foremost pioneers in the study of Anatomy who lived during the Renaissance period.
38Haute École Louvain en Hainaut
The Haute École Louvain en Hainaut ( HELHa ) is a free confessional Haute École , subsidized by the Wallonia-Brussels Federation , whose establishments are located in the province of Hainaut.
39Hogere Zeevaartschool Antwerpen
The Antwerp Maritime Academy is a university college in Belgium, located in the north of Antwerp. The academy trains future officers of the Merchant Navy and Belgian Navy. The Antwerp Maritime Academy is the only Vocational University in Belgium allowed to teach in both Vernaculars, being Dutch and French.
40École de Recherche Graphique
École de recherche graphique or École supérieure des Arts (erg) – public higher education institution in Belgium. erg began its history in 1972. In the capital of Belgium – Brussels, the main building of the university has its well-deserved place. École de recherche graphique is a regular among the top universities in the national rankings of Belgium.
41Haute École Albert Jacquard
Haute École Albert Jacquard (HEAJ) – higher education institution in Belgium. HEAJ was officially founded in 2000. In Namur the main building of the university is located. Haute École Albert Jacquard ranks high in the ratings of Belgium. The university has international partners which allow its students to participate in exchange programs.
42Haute École de la Communauté française en Hainaut
The Haute école en Hainaut (HEH) is an official Haute École whose Organizing Authority is Wallonia Brussels Education and whose establishments are located in the Province of Hainaut. The Haute École en Hainaut was founded under the name of Haute École de la communautaire française en Hainaut in 1996.
43Haute École Libre de Bruxelles Ilya Prigogine
Haute Ecole libre de Bruxelles Ilya Prigogine (HELB) – public higher education institution in Belgium. HELB was founded in 1995. Haute Ecole libre de Bruxelles Ilya Prigogine has an urban campus in Brussels. Haute Ecole libre de Bruxelles Ilya Prigogine every year it manages to secure high ranks in the national ratings of Belgium.
44Conservatoire Royal de Liège
Conservatoire royal de Liège – higher education institution in Belgium. The history of Conservatoire royal de Liège can be traced back to 1826. Conservatoire royal de Liège is one of the best universities in Belgium, taking its rightful place among the top 5 educational institutions of the country.
45Haute École Robert Schuman
Haute Ecole Robert Schuman (HERS) – public higher education institution in Belgium. HERS opened its doors in 1965. The main facilities of Haute Ecole Robert Schuman are located outside of Saint-Hubert. Haute Ecole Robert Schuman every year it manages to secure high ranks in the national ratings of Belgium.
46Evangelische Theologische Faculteit
The Evangelical Theological Faculty is a private university of Theology in Leuven, Flanders, Belgium. The ETF offers four-degree programs: a Dutch-taught Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Religious Studies program, an English-taught Master of Arts in Theology and Religious Studies program, a Dutch-taught Teacher’s degree program, and an English Ph.D. program. Moreover, the ETF also offers a Bachelor’s and Master’s part-time program named ETF Open University.
47Institut Supérieur de Musique et de Pédagogie
Institut supérieur de Musique et de Pédagogie or Institut Supérieur de Musique et de Pédagogie (IMEP) – public higher education institution in Belgium. The history of IMEP can be traced back to1893 . The main campus of the university is located in Namur. Institut supérieur de Musique et de Pédagogie is one of the leaders in Belgium, one of the 5 best universities in the country.
48Institut national supérieur des Arts du Spectacle et des Techniques de Diffusion
The Institut national supérieur des arts du spectacle et des techniques de diffusion, better known as INSAS, is a Belgian film and drama school founded by Raymond Ravar, André Delvaux, Paul Anrieu, and Jean Brismée in 1962. Director Fabrice Du Welz, was a former student.
49École Supérieure des Arts Saint-Luc de Liège
École supérieure des Arts Saint-Luc de Liège or École supérieure des arts Saint-Luc de Liège (ESA) – public higher education institution in Belgium. The history of ESA can be traced back to1890 . It has an urban campus located in Liege. École supérieure des Arts Saint-Luc de Liège is one of the leaders in Belgium, one of the 5 best universities in the country.
50Haute École Lucia de Brouckère
Haute Ecole Lucia de Brouckère (HELdB) – public higher education institution in Belgium. HELdB opened its doors in 1996. The university campus is of urban-type and is located in the vicinity of Brussels. Haute Ecole Lucia de Brouckère every year manages to secure high ranks in the national ratings of Belgium.
51Haute École Charlemagne
Haute Ecole Charlemagne or Haute Ecole Charlemagne is a private university in Belgium. There are 2900 students, among them, 250 are foreign students from 30 different countries. It has seven campuses : Liège centre, Liège campus universitaire, Verviers, Huy (two sites) and Gembloux. The programs are taught here are: agronomic, economic, paramedical, teaching and technical disciplines.
52Haute École Francisco Ferrer
The Francisco Ferrer High School ( HEFF ) is a higher education establishment created on Aug 5, 1995. by the City of Brussels. The teaching areas are Applied arts, economics, paramedical, pedagogy, technique, translation, and interpretation, social. When it came to giving a name to this new structure, the choice fell on Francisco Ferrer (1859-1909) who embodied the ideals that our educational community claims to be, resolutely part of the ideological movement built over the years by the ” Public education of the City of Brussels.
53Haute École Galilée
Haute Ecole Galilée (HEG) – higher education institution in Belgium. HEG was founded in 1996. The home of the main campus of HEG is Belgium’s capital – Brussels. Haute Ecole Galilée every year manages to secure high ranks in the national ratings of Belgium.
54Institut Supérieur de Formation Sociale et de Communication
The Higher Institute for Social Training and Communication (Institut Supérieur de Formation Sociale et de Communication) constitutes the social category of the ICHEC – ISC Saint-Louis – ISFSC group high school. It trains bachelors in social work, bachelors in communication and bachelors in multimedia writing. Located in Schaerbeek, at 111 rue de la Poste, the ISFSC is a short-type social higher education institute, belonging to the free subsidized network of the French Community of Belgium.
55Haute École de la Ville de Liège
The Haute École de la Ville de Liège (HEL) was created in September 1996 under the decree of Aug 5, 1995, fixing the general organization of higher education in Hautes Écoles.
56Haute École de la Province de Namur
HEPN is a University College. They organize 8 bachelor’s degrees in the Sciences of agronomy, Economy and Health. HEPN is also specializations and some lifelong learning programs. It’s located in Namur, the capital of the Walloon Region and manages 1500 students and 270 members of staff. This University College takes part in several EU projects. The specialization in mental health and psychiatry is dynamically involved in these projects.
57Académie des Beaux-Arts de Tournai
The Academy of Fine Arts of Tournai, created in 1756, will leave its mark on the arts and architecture of the city of Tournai and its surroundings. His students will develop their art throughout Europe, more particularly in Belgium and France.
58Institut Saint-Luc Tournai
The first Saint-Luc school was therefore founded in Ghent. On March 1, 1878, a school called Saint-Luc was established in Tournai, first in the Rue du Four Chapitre, then at the Rue du Curé Notre-Dame. This drawing school is paired with a school of sacred music, the Ecole Saint-Grégoire which was to ensure the formation of the mastery of the cathedral. Originally, the establishment is run by four brothers who advocate the ideal of the brothers of the Christian Schools. From then on, the Saint-Luc school will only develop despite the vagaries of history.
59École Supérieure des Arts de la Ville de Liège
The Académie royale des beaux-arts de Liège is the academy of fine arts of the Belgian city of Liège. The art academy was first established in 1775 by prince-bishop François-Charles de Velbrück, and was led initially by Guillaume Évrard and later by Léonard Defrance.
60Instituts Saint-Luc Bruxelles
The Institut Saint-Luc is an art school in Brussels, Belgium. It consists of six departments, with a total of 2,200 students and 430 employees, spread over five locations in Ixelles and Saint-Gilles.
61Haute École de la Province de Liège
In 2007, the three Belgian Hautes Ecoles of the Province of Liège came together in a single large ensemble called Haute Ecole de la Province de Liège.